Sunday, January 14, 2007

Meet Bob Nutting

You say you want to meet Bob Nutting, well here he is in a nutshell.

"The business of running a Major League Baseball team is still running a business," Mr. Nutting said. "At the same time, I believe that winning is the most important thing. A baseball team has to win baseball games."

"Before Bob is through, you'll have a winner in Pittsburgh," Dr. Hofreuter said. "Plain and simple, he's not the type of person who wants to be attached to anything that is less than excellent. You'll see that."

Those are the two statements from the article that stand out the most to me. Bob Nutting says running a team is a business, meaning your bottom line must still show profit. At the same time, he says winning is the most important thing. So would he be willing to take a year or two less profit to make the Pirates a winner? I don't get that impression, but that may just be me.

In his most recent hot stove notebook, Dejan from the PG makes a few key points:

-How much better can the Pirates current hitters improve?

-The Pirates have made two offers to Brian Lawerence

-Littlefield has no problem going with Sean Burnett, if he wins the 5th starter job

-Brian Rogers spent the fall re-discovering his split fingered fastball in the AFL

-Josh Sharpless gained ten pounds of muscle in the off-season

-The Pirates will likely stay in house to fill their bullpen needs

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